Mental illness common in filicide

Analysis of 297 filicide cases occurring in the UK in the decade ending 2006, showed 40% of the perpetrators had a mental illness.

More than half of the victims were infants, and 23% were killed in the first three months of life.

Affective disorder was the most common among perpetrators at 14%, while 10% had a personality disorder and 8% had schizophrenia or other delusional disorders.